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Chinese Pinyin: Ba Xian
Chinese: 八仙
Name Of Image: Eight Daoist Immortals
Description:

The eight Daoist Immortals confirmed by Wu Yuantai (吴元泰, active around 1566) in his novel ‘A Journey to the East by the Eight Daoist Immortals’ 《八仙出处东游记》 are Li Tieguai 李铁拐 (Iron-Crutch Li 铁拐李), Lan Caihe 蓝采和, Zhang Guolao 张果老, Han …

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Chinese Pinyin: Bai Gui Bao En
Chinese: 白龟报恩
Name Of Image: White-backed tortoise repaying gratitude
Description:

When Prefect Mao Bao 毛宝 was stationed in the city of Wuchang 武昌, Hebei province, during the Jin dynasty (晋 265-420), there was a story about a white tortoise who repays its benefactor by saving his life. One day, one …

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Chinese Pinyin: Bing Ji Wen Niu Chuan
Chinese: 丙吉问牛喘
Name Of Image: Bing Ji inquiring about a panting buffalo
Description:

When Bing Ji (丙吉 d. 55 BCE) was a chancellor in the Han court, once he encountered the aftermath of a gang fight in the street. Bing Ji passed them without batting an eyelid. Further ahead, a buffalo passed and …

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Chinese Pinyin: Bo Yi Shu Qi Kou Ma Jian Zhou Wang
Chinese: 伯夷、叔齐叩马谏周王
Name Of Image: Bo Yi and Shu Qi Trying to Stop the Mighty Zhou Army
Description:

Bo Yi (or Boyi, 伯夷) and Shu Qi (or Shuqi, 叔齐) were sons of the ruler of Guzhu (孤竹), a vassal state of the Shang dynasty (商朝, 16th-11th cent. BCE). As the king was getting old, he wanted Shu Qi, …

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